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San Luis Obispo house fire displaces couple

Flames and smoke from a house fire on Patricia Avenue in San Luis Obispo could be seen by hikers on Bishop Peak on Sunday morning.
Flames and smoke from a house fire on Patricia Avenue in San Luis Obispo could be seen by hikers on Bishop Peak on Sunday morning.

A  San Luis Obispo couple unsuccessfully tried to use an extinguisher and garden hose to fight a fire in their garage before it grew out of control Sunday morning.

No suspicious or illegal activity is suspected to have caused the fire at 514 Patricia Drive, near Highland Drive; however, 50-foot flames and large plumes of smoke created a dramatic scene. 

“It was a pretty impressive sight,” San Luis Obispo fire Battalion Chief Neal Berryman said.

The fire was called in at 7:40 a.m. Firefighters were on scene within two minutes and were able to prevent flames from spreading from the garage, which was destroyed, to most of the rest of the house, Berryman said. 

Total damages are upwards of $150,000, and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Staining and small motor-work projects possibly could have contributed, Berryman said.

No one was injured, but the couple living in the home has been displaced. They are receiving assistance from the Red Cross and looking for an apartment, Berryman said.  

ORIGINAL STORY

San Luis Obispo firefighters responded to a garage fire at Patricia and Highland drives early Sunday, managing to stop the 50-foot flames from spreading to most of the house or any neighboring homes.

The fire was called in at 7:40 a.m. and firefighters were on scene within two minutes, said Battalion Chief Neal Berryman with the San Luis Obispo Fire Department. The attached garage was fully engulfed in flames, so firefighters focused on containing the fire on the property, as well as preventing the flames from spreading through the attic to most of the rest of the house, Berryman said.

The garage was destroyed and about a quarter of the home was severely damaged, he said. No one was injured, but the couple living in the home have been displaced, Berryman said.

Cal Fire assisted in the incident.

Flames could be seen from the top of Bishop Peak, and smoke towered above the neighborhood.

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